We woke up on Tuesday morning with a glimmer of hope that the rain had stopped but that was short lived as the heavens opened once more. We decided to make a plan anyway and ventured out on an amazing tour which was probably the favourite of the entire trip.
Our driver brought us to Hiriwadunna Nature Trail which was a little structure on the side of the road. We were not completely sure about what to expect but soon we saw this coming up the road towards us...
This was to be our first mode of transportation!
Here we are getting on...
all tucked in, ready to roll!
...a paddle boat! The paddle boats are used by the villagers to fish. Only the villagers are allowed to fish in the lake and only using boats without motors.
Here was our "captain". It was pouring by now!
We arrived at a village home were we were welcomed warmly.
cooking pots washed and drying
a basket of produce grown outside the hut
clay cooking and serving dishes
Here is the kitchen area of the home. It was a tiny room big enough for one person.
The hostess served us a herbal drink while we waited for lunch.
Remember the lotus leaves? They served as plates for our delicious meal!
After a wonderful visit it was time to head back to the boat.
Here are elephant foot prints in a field we walked passed.
These are gourds from a tree. The villagers dry them out and use them to carry water.
another elephant look out
one more use of the lotus leaves...sailors hats!
the tuk tuk!
We had a fabulous day in spite of the rain. If you are ever in Sri Lanka I would highly recommend the Hiriwadunna Nature Trail. Not only is it a great way to learn about Sri Lankan village culture but it also financially supports the villagers.